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The 15th Annual New Voice Play Festival returns to Charles Town

By Staff | Jun 15, 2015

The 15th annual New Voice Play Festival returns to the Old Opera House Theater in Charles Town June 19-21 with shows Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. There are four new one-act plays at each performance.

Following each performance the audience will be asked to vote (by secret ballot) for their favorite play; ranking each play from their favorite to least favorite. Following Sunday’s performance on June 21, all the ballots for the weekend will be counted and the winner of the 15th Annual New Voice Play Festival will be announced.

This year’s plays include ‘Civilized Affairs’ by Carl Williams from Houston, Texas. Directed by Meaghan Berry, this delicious comedy/drama presents an English Professor who may need more than donuts to get out of this one! When his wife and his co-ed fling meet, it’s a battle of wits and sexual perception in a new age.The play features Kevin Tester as Hollis Hanes, Elizabeth Ricketts as Kristi and Christine Brewer as Evelyn Hanes.

The Cloak of the Supreme Champion Over All Others, by Charlie Perkins from Brunswick, Maryland

will be directed by Lee Hebb. Have you ever wanted to be ruler of the universe? This comedy features Billy and his friends battling it out to become the sole conqueror over all. It is the final match in an annual board game tournament to determine this year’s winner and protector of a sacred cloak. The Cloak of the Supreme Champion Over All Others is packed full of laughs, competiveness, a young crush and a reminder of the childhood imagination that still may be found in everyone.

The play features John-Michael Rolnick as Trevor, Adam Blackstock as Lucas, Chase Cox as Scott, Charlie Perkins as Billy, Katie Kennedy as Bonnie and Jenna Kennedy as Mom.

The third play is “The Day After Christmas” by J.C. Svec of Clark, New Jersey. Directed by Rene Farabaugh, this comedy shows that the holidays are a stressful time for a lot of relationships, the expectations, the perceptions. It’s no wonder that marriage counseling visits are a plenty during this time of year. Ms. Kingman, is one such marriage counsellor who does not have an affinity for Christmas in the first place. Her unexpected clients, Mr. and Mrs. Kringle, come for marriage counseling and challenge her perception of the Holidays and the Spirit of Christmas himself.

It features Amy Hebb as Elaine Kingman, Kelly Pannill as Allison, Dan Rice as Kris Kringle amd Elizabeth Van Absher as Gloria Kringle

The final play is “A Subject Of Inquiry” by Carl Williams of Houston, Texas.

This drama is directed by Ed Conn. High school Biology teacher Bryan Mitchell, is brought before the principal and school board when he is accused of presenting a lesson on Creationism during his Evolution lesson. A battle of ethics and intellectual freedom ensues. Which side will you stand on?

The play features Robert Allen as Bryan Mitchell, Sarah Celec as Pat Lassiter, Ashley Snow as Jessica Franks and Tod Williams as Harold Donovan.

Honorable Mentions in the play festival include “Apparition Competition” by Jennifer Hart, Arlington, Virginia; “The Carina Limone Museum” by Marcia Rudin, Sanibel, Florida; “Twisted” by Lynn-Steven Johanson, Macomb, Illinois; “I Want To Show You Something” by Jan Henson Dow. Bluffton, South Carolina and “Saving Grace”by Bara Swain, New York, New York.

2015 New Voice Play Festival judges included Christine Brewer, Ed Conn, Lee Hebb, Katie Kennedy,

John-Michael Rolnick and Jim Whipple.

Call the Old Opera House Box-Office today at 304-725-4420 for tickets. Prices are $15 adults and $12 students. Not recommended for young children.